Does working as a psychic constitute freedom of speech, or could psychics be held to a greater legal standard? While many of us have heard both good and bad stories of psychic experiences, many Americans still rely on psychics for emotional support and personal guidance.
What Are the Current Laws for Psychics in the US?
Currently, the US does not have any governance for psychic malpractice. However, many disgruntled customers have still tried to sue psychics for allegedly cheating them out of money by making false promises.
Once again, this begs the question of whether it is simply the case of an unsatisfied customer or a fraudulent psychic leading a client astray. Under consumer protection laws, a psychic may be sued for misrepresenting their services and billing for services that were never rendered.
The UK has already made strides to change regulations that will allow psychics to be convicted of unfair trade practices when coercing or misleading vulnerable clients. According to statistics from the British Office of Fair Trading, roughly 170,000 customers a year are taken advantage by mail-order clairvoyants.
In the US, if a customer sues a psychic under the same pretenses, they may not be provided with a comparable level of protection. One Ohio woman tried to sue a psychic network for $1 million, alleging that she was conned out of close to $23,000 due to false promises. In the end, the case was settled before it went to trial.
Do Psychic Networks Need More Legal Restrictions?
First and foremost, it is important to choose a reputable psychic network with clear legal terms and conditions listed on their website. Many psychic networks display their terms and conditions of use with disclaimers, limitations, and revisions.
In some states, including Virginia, psychics are currently required to get necessary licenses and to submit to local regulations before practicing. Depending upon the state that you live in, it is best to work with a licensed psychic that abides by local regulations.
The unfortunate truth is that psychic scammers do exist and can take advantage of unsuspecting clients. In that event, stricter legal regulations may be necessary to ensure that psychics provide reputable services that live up to their claims.
Nonetheless, all interested clients are continually cautioned to choose trustworthy psychics that don’t make outrageous assertions of their services. Legal issues and potential fraud can be avoided completely by researching a psychic network before signing up for service; consumer awareness can help to promote fair business practices in psychic networks throughout the US.